The increase in 2010 could have been associated with the economic climate following the recession in 2008 to 2009.
There are 2 competing theories about the effect of an economic downturn on the number of partnerships dissolving.
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Divorce statistics are analysed by sex, age and marital status before marriage, duration of marriage, age at divorce, the number and age of children involved, and the grounds for divorce.
This is the first time we have released 2013 divorce statistics for England and Wales.
One theory suggests that recession could contribute to a rise in partnership break-ups because of increased financial strain, changes in employment and related lifestyle changes.
Social research in Britain (Recession Britain) has shown that unemployment and downturns in the housing market may be associated with family instability.The large increase observed during the 1970s was associated with the Divorce Reform Act 1969, which came into effect in England and Wales on 1 January 1971, making it easier for couples to divorce upon separation.Back to table of contents In 2013, there were 9.8 men divorcing per thousand married males and 9.8 women divorcing per thousand married females.This represents a decrease of 27% for men and 26% for women compared with 2003 when divorce rates were 13.4 for men and 13.2 for women.Background note 3 contains information about how divorce rates are calculated.Facebook App: Open links in External Browser There is a specific issue with the Facebook in-app browser intermittently making requests to websites without cookies that had previously been set.